Ancient grave with gold wreath found in Thessaloniki

Excavation work during construction of a new subway network in Greece's second largest city has discovered an ancient wreath made of gold that was buried with a woman some 2,300 years ago.

Ancient grave with gold wreath found in Thessaloniki
One of the eight gold wreaths which came to light during the Thessaloniki subway works [Source: ΑΠΕ-ΜΠΕ]
Archaeologists say Friday's find in Thessaloniki occurred on the site of an ancient cemetery in the west of the northern port city.

A total 23,000 ancient and medieval artifacts have been found during archaeological excavations connected with the construction since 2006.

Ancient grave with gold wreath found in Thessaloniki
Ancient marble paved road unearthed during the Thessaloniki subway works [Source: To Vima]
Archaeologist Vassiliki Misailidou said the olive branch wreath made of gold was buried in a simple, box-shaped woman's grave. It dates to the late 4th or early 3rd century B.C.

Another eight golden wreaths were discovered in a single grave four years ago during subway work.

The much-delayed construction project is expected to be finished in 2017.

Source: The Associated Press [January 25, 2013]

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